ABS Thursday Notes- July 28, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                             July 28, 2016




First Day of School –Wednesday, August 17th


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him … he will be surrounded by grandeur.” – Henry David Thoreau



Why integrate the arts into classroom instruction?

  • The arts channel energy into productive learning, incorporating higher-level thinking and putting application of knowledge into practice.
  • Authentic problem-solving opportunities are presented within arts endeavors.
  • Mastering the arts requires engagement, repetition, discipline, accuracy, and focused application, resulting in delight, deep recall, and increased self-esteem.
  • Integration allows other subject matter to “hitch a ride” with the energy of the arts.
  • When you use the arts, students’ brains are fully engaged.
  • Integration enables the instructor to teach several subjects simultaneously.
  • When learning through personal, artistic expression, students “own” integrated knowledge, which helps them retain it. When you create art, you care about it.
  • Integration provides an answer to the question:  “When would I ever use this math?”


Here’s when you might use this math:

  • Basketry measurement
  • Volume measurement and ratio in paint mixing
  • Counting and fractions in music and music notation
  • Measurement and scale in set design
  • Measurement in costuming
  • Geometry in graphic design and dance
  • Number patterns in choreography
  • Calculation of space, weight and balance in architecture and sculpture
  • Financial challenges of becoming an arts entrepreneur or a producer


…and finally, performances and art exhibitions provide authentic goals that inspire individual and collaborative excellence.

  • When students have a targeted performance date, they all care, and hold one another accountable for preparation and quality.
  • Students strive to offer their very best work, when they know an audience is coming.
  • Students collaborate in fresh, inventive ways, to create performances.
  • Students learn from one another and adjust standards upward when inspired by observance of excellence in others.
  • Students learn to appreciate and accept individual ideas, through performance.
  • Performances are real-world assessments, where effort and product are valued.
  • The opportunity to have individual expression recognized and valued builds self-esteem, inspiring even greater efforts.


Scheduled Dates for Drop off Student Medication

The Arts Based School staff is not allowed to administer any herbal, over-the-counter, or prescription medications or ointments without prior written authorization from the child’s physician.  If your child needs to take medication during school hours or your child has a life threatening allergy that requires medication to be kept at the school, please email Stephanie LeFever at slefever@artsbasedschool to obtain the necessary forms that must accompany all medications. All medications must be dropped off by a parent and kept in the school office.

Dates and times reserved for medication drop off:

August 2 – 9:00-10:00 AM (MLK Office) and 4:30-5:30 PM (7th St Office)

August 11 – 9:00 – 11:00 AM and again from 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Both Front Offices)

August 17 – 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM (Both Front Offices)

If you can’t drop off your child’s medication during one of these scheduled times, please email Stephanie LeFever atslefever@artsbasedschool.com to set-up a time for drop off.


Parking Lot Safety

  • Please drive slowly and cautiously through school parking lot at all times.
  • Do not use cell phones while in our parking lot.
  • Watch for children and adults in parking lot, especially the first few days when many parents will be parking and walking their child into the school.
  • Please allow extra time the first week as parents and children become accustomed to the routine.
  • Please be kind and courteous to parking lot helpers.
  • Please cross on crosswalks when walking children into the building.
  • Please be responsible for explaining the drop off/pick up procedures to your afterschool daycare vans or anyone else who may be picking up your children.
  • Remember to enter only on Chestnut St. (by white church) during pick-up and drop-off.


Back to School Night-Save the Date!

ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 15.  To ease parking, we have scheduled three sessions- K-2 grade will attend 5-6pm and 3-4th grade will attend 6-7pm. Grades 5-8 will attend Back to School night 7-8pm in the 7th St building.  The first part of each session will be a presentation about school wide information.   The second part of the session will be in your child’s classroom.



We have a handful of teachers still in need of a Classroom Representative.  Serving as a Class Rep (or Co-Rep with another parent) is a fantastic way to stay involved in your child’s classroom – it’s also a great way to get to know your teacher and the other parents!  We are looking for volunteers from the following classrooms:  Ms. Holland, Ms. Quintal (co-rep), Ms. Koza, one rep for 7th grade & two reps for 8th grade.  We are also looking for Specialist Reps for Ms. Cooper (Music/Choir), Ms. Hayes (Band), Ms. McIver (Drama), Ms. O’Boyle (Production), Mr. Smith (PE) and Mr. Zayas (Drama).  If you are interested in one of these positions, please email Julee  Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net).



Calling all Class Reps, Specialist Reps, Teachers and Staff!  Please join us Monday, August 15th at 8:30am in the ABS Café for a meeting with Principal Robin Hollis and the Parent Council Board.  Breakfast, coffee and juice will be provided.  Following this meeting, we will have a short training for reps on using Shutterfly share sites.  We look forward to seeing you all there!


After School Options

ABS families use a variety of local after school options.  The following programs have bus service that will pick up your child from ABS and transport him/her to their facility.  To find out more about their services, please contact the program directly.


Creative Palooza 970-5102

First Baptist  723-7071

YWCA 722-0597

St. Peter’s 784-3126

Mudpies Downtown East 448-0341

Positive Image Performing Arts (PIPA) 893-6571


The YMCA operates an afterschool program on campus at ABS.   YMCA- 724-9205


New Parent Orientation

Save the Date- Tuesday, Aug 2 at 10am for the New K-4 Parent Orientation at ABS.  This program is designed specifically for new families in grades K-4th at ABS to support your transition into ABS and to answer your questions.  Please mark your calendars and join us!


Middle School Orientation

Save the Date-Tuesday, Aug 2 at 6pm for Middle School Orientation.  For new parents (grade 5-8) and also for parents new to middle school.  This program is designed to answer questions about how our middle school program works (grades 5-8) and what to expect.



Special Visits

Educational research shows that the relationship between the student and his or her teacher is one of the most important factors in a student’s academic success.  This critical relationship is enhanced by our small class size and our educators’ commitment to children.  In support of the teacher/student relationship, our teachers will be offering a Special Visit before school begins.  A Special Visit is simply an opportunity for your child to meet his or her teacher in a familiar setting, a chance to learn a bit about the class and what to expect in the coming school year.  The Special Visit can be set up to occur in your home, here at the school, or on the phone.  This year’s scheduled days for Special Visits are 11 and 12, 2016.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minutes appointment.


ABS Family/Student Directory

To be sure we have accurate contact information for the ABS family/student directory, each family should have received a confirmation email to verify the information that will be printed in the directory.  Families that do not want to be published in the ABS directory should email Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com  before August 5.  If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email Principal Hollis.


Around Town…

Check out the new book by ABS’ parent, Kyle Webster (Dad of Hermione and Wolfgang).

He’ll be reading, drawing, and signing at Scuppernong Books, Saturday, July 30  at 11am.

Facebook signup: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631594277156915/

Event page at Scuppernong: http://www.scuppernongbooks.com/event/kyle-t-webster-please-say-please

Book trailer: http://pleasesaypleasebook.com/


Scuppernong Books:

304 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401